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International Men’s Day 2022: History, theme and how it is celebrated

International Men’s Day 2022: History, theme and how it is celebrated

International Men’s Day 2022: History, theme and how it is celebrated
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By CNBCTV18.com Nov 17, 2022 2:08:22 PM IST (Published)

International Men’s Day is observed on November 19 every year. In more than 80 countries, International Men’s Day is observed to talk about several important topics related to men’s well-being and health and their sexual struggles. This year, International Men’s Day will celebrate the theme “Helping Men and Boys”.

International Men’s Day is observed on November 19 every year to celebrate the cultural, political, and socioeconomic accomplishments of men. The day focuses on improving gender relations, and men’s health, promoting positive expressions of masculinity and also highlighting the contribution of male role models.

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History
History professor Dr Jerome Teelucksingh from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago was the first to initiate International Men’s Day celebrations in 1999.
Teelucksingh wanted to celebrate the day to commemorate his father’s birth anniversary. The professor also encouraged others to use this day to talk about issues that concern men and boys.
Why is the day celebrated?
In more than 80 countries, International Men’s Day is observed to talk about several important topics related to men’s well-being and health and their sexual struggles.
The day is also an occasion to speak about the discrimination faced by men and boys and gender relations. The primary aim of the day is to promote basic humanitarian values and awareness of men.
Theme
This year, International Men’s Day will celebrate the theme “Helping Men and Boys”.
How to celebrate?
Since 1999, seminars, forums, conferences, festivals, fundraisers, and classroom activities are organised at schools to commemorate the day.
Apart from this, radio and television programs are also held to observe the day.
This year, men can post information about the day on social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube and Instagram and use hashtags such as #internationalmensday #celebratemen #menshealth #stopmalesuicide #thankamantoday.
Community leaders can also organise local events for others to celebrate International Men’s Day.
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